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Lots of updates going out and Amazon Mobile picks up Windows Phone 8 support

WP Central Lots of updates going out and Amazon Mobile picks up Windows Phone 8

Just like our London busses, you wait around for ages and then they all come at once. It seems that someone has flicked a switch somewhere and released a few updates today for Windows Phone.

Of particular note, Amazon Mobile on its way up to version 1.9.1 and picks up support for the oh-so close Windows Phone 8. It’s good to see some developers with early access readying their apps for the shiny new operating system which is only days away.

As regards to the Amazon Mobile update, we can’t say if it’s going to bring any new WP8 specific features or just being brushed up so that it works.

Also in the update to-do list today is

Xbox Live Extras – No change log (tsk tsk!) – I am unable to login to this at the moment with an error “We can’t access you avatar items, try later” so cant see what has changed, if you see something, do let us know.

Ceton Companion App – Brings a host of minor updates including Password authentication support and improved syncing and recording adjustments.

Podcatcher – Adds support for podcast audio and video streaming, podcast description improvements and some other UI changes.

Nokia’s App Highlights – No change log (tsk tsk!) But we know Nokia are constantly updating this to help improve app discoverability.

Good to see the updates train up and running again, if you are seeing any interesting updates going out, do let us know.



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mcmaui says:

What exactly is meant with WP8 support? Is it the support of higher screen resolutions? Other than that, if WP8 runs WP7 Apps, then no "support" would be necessary, or am i wrong?

JodyMaccz says:

I would also like to know

Gmotagi says:

There are some differences in how the xaml renders between WP7 & WP8 so some changes may have to be made there depending on what controls you use as well as new features available that you may want to call.

aemond says:

Xbox Live Extras is now Xbox Extras.
Didn't see inside the app, same connection issues ;)

rastanac says:

Same connection issue here :(

AriesDog says:

I think the app's tile graphic changed too. White silhouette on your color choice. More in line with the rest of Microsoft's apps.

UltimateKGB says:

My kindle app (UK) no longer allows connection to the kindle store so can't buy books straight from my phone. Is anyone else got this problem. Would like it fixed

Fludlyt says:

I have the same problem. I've been adding the book I want to buy to a wishlist through Amazon Mobile then purchasing it when I get to a pc as a workaround. I hope they release an update soon.

psteve2005 says:

As an aside, does anyone have working notifications on their Facebook app. I've had no tile count for two months, and no response to my support requests from Facebook...

rastanac says:

Same exact issue here, expecting it to be fixed in wp7.8 or wp8 :)

Miistercoool says:

I have the same problem and from about the same amount of time as you -.-

Miistercoool says:

Notifications works sometimes but no live tile! And I agree with 'rastanac' must be fixed in 7.8 or wp8.

chad08er says:

Haven't had any notifications on the tile for months ,and it still takes a half hour for notifications and messages to come thru.

xpxp2002 says:

Mine doesn't work either. I hope they don't fix it. I've always wanted the toasts but no tile count, but there's no option for that, only tile count with no toasts. The tile count never resets if you acknowledge your notifications in the Me tile or on the web which is extremely annoying, but the toasts are actually useful. Hate to say it, but I hope it stays "broken."

chad08er says:

The toast and banner have always worked,but sometimes I don't hear it and want the tile count.Its been almost four months sense a update don't know what's going on with Microsoft with one of the most popular apps on WP.

weepatc says:

I would imagine WP8 features would mean support for changes to the live tiles i.e. sizing & possibly new screen resolutions with little or no change to the application functions. But there again I'm no Dev. Maybe Jay could shed a little more light on this.

dirkatron says:

Xbox extra no workie for me. :(

nablor says:

If you currently own an app on wp7 will you then have to buy it again if its released for wp8 and win 8 surface.

mcmaui says:

If they code the same app in native WP8 code, making it WP8 only, then i believe yes. If it is like with the amazon app that it just gets an upgrade that makes it support WP7+8, then most probably not.

nablor says:

This is the only thing stopping me in investing in a surface/wp8 not spending out again for all the apps that I have on wp7 , Android apps are available wether on phone or tablet and wether on ice cream or jelly bean.

RobinPaul says:

I can log in to xbox live extras

plp85 says:

What is podcatcher? I can't see it in the marketplace?

robert brand says:


It’s a podcasting app – I just checked, its not showing in the marketplace. I will write up a review soon. RB

robert brand says:

I can find it in the UK Marketplace, try this link:



plp85 says:

Odd In in the UK also when following the link It says its not available for my device, using Lumia 900.... What device are you using?

thaman04 says:

Still no Canadian/full international support for Amazon??? Grrrr wake up Amazon!!!

Bernard Wei says:

+99 Hear, hear.

TeamRadicus says:

I updated and played with the Xbox Companion app last night after my Xbox got the dashboard update, and on connecting I got the message on the TV that I had connected via SmartGlass - it was pretty cool :-)

tbonenga says:

It's been doing that every since the beta dash came out. Unfortunately there is no integration with your phone and Xbox IE9 like the video shows on No zoom or keyboard action from your phone.

TeamRadicus says:

Yet another reason Friday can't come soon enough!

welsbloke says:

Enjoyed that app on the phone and hope it does not disappointing in the way I was with the eBay app.

gusterbo says:

Why are my tiles NOT LIVE anymore??? Especially the Marketplace and Weather apps ones... Samsung Omnia 7

tN0 says:

Support for different resolutions and large Live Tile for example.

wpguy says:

Finally appeared in my Updates list just now.

Finally got the Xbox extras app to open. Didn't see any changes other than speed improvements.